Juried exhibition on display at Gallery 842

PeoriaOn-RampbyChrisTroutmanGallery 842 is hosting its 3rd annual juried exhibition, which opened Sept. 6, featuring approximately 25 artists and 40 works represented in the show  The exhibit includes works by students in the art department as well as other entries from across the region, according to John Farley, director of Marshall galleries.

“In this particular juried exhibit, the competition was open to artists working in any medium, addressing any theme, student or professional,” Farley explained. “It will be a diverse cross-section of contemporary art that reflects the Huntington and Marshall University art communities, as well as artists practicing throughout the region.”

Farley noted that juried competitions are a great way for artists to gauge the quality and development of their work against that of their peers.

“As an artist, it’s a chance to see what others are making, where you fit in – or not, network, gain exposure, polish your presentation skills, learn from others and think about what you are making in a broader context,” he said. “This specific competition can be of particular benefit to students, in the sense that they are pitting themselves and their work against artists who may have far more experience, education and so on. It is a worthwhile challenge, and an opportunity to grow, learn and hone their craft.”

Katherine Cox juried this year’s competition. Cox holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. Her drawings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including recent solo and invitational shows at the Muse Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and the Art Store in Charleston. Cox is currently the director of education at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Admission to Gallery 842 is free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition runs through Friday, Oct. 18.


Graphic: Peoria On-Ramp, an oil painting on paper (2012) by Chris Troutman, who will be represented in Marshall’s 3rd annual juried exhibition. Troutman teaches drawing and painting at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.